Reports of orcas and gray whales are all over the South Bay area. The holiday season was full of all types of life in the oceans.
The orcas or killer whales were seen off Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes. Whale Census observers saw them frolicking in the water. They were enjoying the wake of a boast and were very active.
The observers said they were a part of the CA51 matriline of killer whales. This group has visited the South Bay area more than five times in the last month and they have been given names, such as "Bumper" and "Comet".
Orcas, commonly called killer whales are actually a species of dolphin. They are the largest of this species and eat about 500 pounds daily. Orcas can move very fast, as well and swim at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
Gray Whales Off the Coast
Another group of whales was spotted off the coast. More than 300 gray whales were seen throughout December, which is the largest amount in this month ever.
Towards the end of the month, a group of 30 gray whales were seen of the coast of South Bay. This was a huge count and helped to set the December record. They were seen by Gray Whale Census volunteers with 16 seen before 11am and two more pairs shortly after. The entire day led to 32 sightings.
A total of 327 southbound gray whales were seen and four were headed northbound in December. This shattered a 30-year old record, which was 191 headed south and three north.
These are just a few of the many whales spotted throughout the South Bay area. Whale-watching season is full of life and breaking records throughout this area of the California coast.